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    Lily Rader’s fifth-inning home run sparked Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin to a 6-2 win over host Beaumont in a Crown Conference showdown on Tuesday.

    With the win in less-than-desirable conditions, the Lions improved to 6-8 overall and 4-1 in league play.

    “The conditions were certainly not pristine,” said NDCL coach Tiger Alexander. “It was wet and pretty miserable, but you have to fight the elements. We were able to survive the first couple of innings and then got some separation to get the win.”

    The Lions had runners on base in each of the first three innings but couldn’t get the clutch hit to break a scoreless tie.

    That changed in the top of the fourth when Becca Wooke led off with a double, moved to third on Lucy Joyce’s groundout, and scored on Alex Mould’s sacrifice fly. Bella Wooke hit a two-out triple, but Beaumont pitched out of that jam.

    The Blue Streaks strung together a pair of singles and a groundout that tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.

    Rader changed the trajectory of the game in the fifth.

    After Lila Baeslach singled to left, Rader hit the first pitch she saw over the center field fence for a 3-1 advantage.

    “Stepping into the box with a runner on base is always good knowing that a base hit could lead to an RBI or just able to move the runner forward,” Rader said. “I am always stepping up to the plate with the intention of doing something beneficial regardless of who’s on base. In the box, my mentality is to keep my shoulder in and my eyes on the ball. Concentration and consistent mechanics are always my main concern in the box.”

    The home run served as validation for Rader, who returned from an injury to help the Lions this season.

    “As I saw the pitcher release the ball, I saw the ball heading towards the outside corner. All I could think was weight back, shoulder down,” she said. “As I swung through the pitch, I watched it sail off the bat. I could feel that the ball hit the sweet spot on contact. As it left the field, I was happy that I could do something to benefit my team as well as myself. Coming off of an injury is hard, but doing beneficial things like this really boosts my confidence back up. Knowing I accomplished a homer today makes me proud of my team and my ability to persevere after an injury.”

    Rader finished the game 1-for-3 with the home run, a run scored, and two RBI.

    “It feels really great to ignite that spark offensively for my team and really give us the push that we needed to be confident up at the plate,” she said. “By giving my team the lead in the fifth inning, we were really able to expand off of that and get ourselves a prolonged and strong offensive inning to really push our lead farther. Being that little push that leads your team to victory is always a good feeling.”

    The Lions didn’t stop there.

    Lexi Simon hit a one-out single, Becca Wooke doubled, and both runners scored when Joyce reached on an error.

    “When you look at the middle of the order, it has been the turning point with the with the (Wooke) twins as well as Alex Mould,” Alexander said. “We were able to get some help from Lila Baeslach and then we had our nine hitter Lily Rader go yard, which gave us the breathing room we needed.”

    Beaumont scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth but that’s as close as the Blue Streaks would get.

    Mould retired six of the last seven batters she faced to seal NDCL’s win. She allowed one earned run on two hits and struck out eight in seven innings.

    Becca Wooke and Bella Wooke both finished 2-for-4. Becca Wooke doubled twice and scored two runs while Bella Wooke tripled. Baeslach finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, Simon was 1-for-1, and Joyce knocked in two runs.

    NDCL hosts Solon on Thursday.

     

     

     

    Steve Hare
    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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